Shangri-La Luxury Circle Benefits
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Hilary Stockton

My Award Booking Service helps travelers book first class and business class with miles and points. As an independent affiliate of Cadence, I also have access to Four Seasons Preferred Partner, VirtuosoPeninsula Hotels PenClub, Dorchester Diamond Club, Belmond Bellini Club, Shangri-La Luxury Circle, Langham CoutureRitz-Carlton STARS, Starwood Luxury Privileges, Rocco Forte and other 5-star hotel partners, so I can book, for no extra cost, your perfect luxury hotel or luxury cruise with VIP amenities not available anywhere else. Become a client and upgrade your stay!

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Shangri-La Luxury Circle Benefits

UPDATE: Due to high demand, we are only accepting Luxury Circle Reservations of 2 nights or more from New TravelSort Clients. As usual, quotes are only available after submitting a completed and signed TravelSort New Client Form. Note the $50 charge to your card on file if you request booking assistance and do not reserve with us or if you book but later cancel for any reason. 


Shangri-La's Luxury Circle Benefits are exclusively available when reserving as a TravelSort Client or with another Shangri-La Luxury Circle travel advisor. This is a quite new preferred partner program, and has a great built-in benefit: guaranteed one-category upgrade at time of booking (see FAQ below) if that category is available at time of booking.

Shangri-La is well known to many who travel in Asia, as it was founded in Hong Kong and many of its ~100 hotels and resorts are in Asia. It's less known in the U.S., since there isn't a Shangri-La hotel yet in the U.S., although there is the Shangri-La Toronto and Shangri-La Vancouver.

Shangri-La Luxury Circle Benefits

  • Complimentary full breakfast for 2
  • Guaranteed upgrade at the time of booking (see FAQ)
  • Early check in/ late check out (subject to availability)
  • A VIP amenity (for Luxury Circle bookings made prior to Feb. 10 2017, 3 welcome amenities)
  • One Hotel credit of $100 equivalent or 10% of the average daily rate (whichever is higher) once per stay EXCEPT for certain China and Malaysia properties, where hotel credit is $50 or 10% of the average daily rate, whichever is higher, once per stay. Please see Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program Changes February 10
  • Enrollment into the Golden Circle Jade membership (only for Luxury Circle bookings made prior to Feb. 10, 2017; not available for subsequent bookings)
  • No Walk Policy

Golden Circle Jade Benefits (Only for Luxury Circle Bookings Made Before 2/10/17)

  • Earn GC Award Points with 25% bonus at any Shangri-La hotel, resort, Kerry hotel, Traders hotel and Hotel Jen
  • Priority check-in and check-out at an exclusively designated area
  • Guaranteed room availability for paid reservations made 72 hours in advance with priority waitlist*
  • Pre-registration for easy check-in
  • Priority upgrade to the next available best room category, if the reserved room type is not available at check-in
  • 11am early check-in **/ 4pm late check-out **
  • Personal preference including bed and pillow type
  • Choice of 3 welcome amenities
  • Complimentary breakfast at the Café Restaurant
  • Choice of GC Award Points or airline miles for each eligible stay
* Default to Deluxe Room public rate. Reservation must be guaranteed by credit card at the time of booking. Black-out dates may apply.
**Not applicable to China World Summit Wing, Beijing; Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives; Shangri-La Hotel, Paris; Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo; Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto; Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver; and Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London.


Can Shangri-La Luxury Circle Benefits Be Combined with Other Shangri-La Offers?
No; the Shangri-La Luxury Circle benefits are only available with the Luxury Circle rate, which is generally the same as the Best Available Rate (BAR) but excludes any special sales, promotions, and advance purchase rates, so you would need to choose one or the other.
Is it Better to Book with Shangri-La Luxury Circle, Virtuoso, or AMEX FHR Benefits?
It's generally better to reserve with Shangri-La Luxury Circle benefits, because of the guaranteed upgrade benefit, since Virtuoso and AMEX FHR only offer an upgrade subject to availability at check-in for most Shangri-La properties. With Shangri-La Luxury Circle you also enjoy 11am early check-in and 4pm late check-out with the exception of the ** properties noted above, and depending on your stay amount, you could also enjoy a higher resort credit than the ~$100 equivalent that is standard with Virtuoso and AMEX FHR.
A few Shangri-La properties such as the Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort in Mauritius, Shangri-La Sydney, Shangri-La Vancouver (for Peak View to Harbour View Rooms), Island Shangri-La Hong Kong and Shangri-La Bosphorus in Turkey do offer a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking as a Virtuoso benefit, and in those cases, it depends if there is the property is offering a Virtuoso-specific promotion that would make it better to reserve with Virtuoso than Shangri-La Luxury Circle.
For other Shangri-La properties that are offering a promotion via Virtuoso or AMEX FHR, it can be attractive to reserve these with the regular Virtuoso or FHR benefits, even though the upgrade is based on availability at check-in. For example, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London and the Shangri-La Paris are both offering 3rd night free now through April 30, 2017, including Virtuoso benefits under their Winter Pay 2, Stay 3 Offer.
The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, meanwhile, is offering a 3rd night free for Horizon Club rooms and suite categories (excluding Specialty Suites and the Presidential Suite), when booked by March 15, 2017 for stays until March 31, 2017, with Virtuoso benefits.
And Shangri-La Toronto is offering a "Discover Toronto in Style" package with 4th night free, guaranteed upgrade at time of booking, Virtuoso benefits, and a complimentary roundtrip within downtown Toronto in the Audi house car.
Is the Guaranteed Upgrade Applicable to All Room and Suite Categories?
No, it varies by property. Generally the lower category rooms will offer guaranteed upgrades, although some hotels so include suites as guaranteed upgrades as well. For example, at the Shangri-La Paris, not only will a Superior Room enjoy a guaranteed upgrade to a Deluxe Room, a Premier Room upgrades to a Deluxe Suite, an Eiffel Tower View Room upgrades to a Terrace Eiffel Tower View Room, and an Eiffel Suite with Partial View upgrades to a Terrace Suite.

What Are the Best Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts?
While everyone has their own opinion, some of the Shangri-La hotels and resort my clients have most enjoyed are:

How Can I Book with Shangri-La Luxury Circle Benefits?

If you're an existing TravelSort Client, just email me. If you're not yet a client, please complete, sign and return a TravelSort New Client form to the fax number provided on the form. We only assist clients who have provided the form. If you're wondering about rates, generally the rate is the same as the best available (non-promotional) rate.

What is your favorite Shangri-La hotel or resort?

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Picture?type=large Eagle H. commented 15 Jan 2017
Hi, I want to join in The Shangri-La Luxury Circle program, Would you help me booking the china world hotel beijing on 17-18 January? My email:
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 15 Jan 2017
Thanks Eagle, happy to help. I have just emailed you with our new client form, which must be completed and returned in order for us to assist with Shangri-La Luxury Circle and other hotel reservations.
User_avatar_default honpin z. commented 15 Jan 2017
could you help booking the nanjing Shangri-La Luxury ,my
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 16 Jan 2017
Honpin, happy to help after you become a TravelSort Client; please see and complete the and return it.
User_avatar_default honpin z. commented 16 Jan 2017
URL can not enter text, you can provide me the mailbox
User_avatar_default honpin z. commented 18 Jan 2017
Could you give me an email,so I can connect you.The url can't work.thanks
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 18 Jan 2017
The form requires you to print it out and fax it back to me; for security reasons it cannot be completed online. I also emailed it to you.
Picture?type=large Chris L. commented 01 Feb 2017
Hi there, can you help me to check and make a reservation( Shangri-La Hotel, Taipei), with the luxury circle rate. 6th Feb, 2 adult. Regards, Chris Liew
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Feb 2017
Chris, happy to assist after you become a TravelSort Client, by completing and returning the New Client Form at
Picture?type=large Wayne M. commented 22 Mar 2017
1. any membership fee to join? 2. if i stay Shangari-la for 2 nights, i will be upgraded to Jade tier? 3. "$50 charge accures" means, if i quote from you but no reservation. Thank you
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 22 Mar 2017
Please see post details: only Luxury Circle reservations made *before* February 10, 2017 are eligible to receive Jade Tier status. All reservations made Feb. 10 and later are NOT eligible for Jade Tier status. There is no membership fee to become a TravelSort Client, but if TravelSort assists with any queries, including hotel recommendations or quotes, but a hotel is not booked with TravelSort for the dates inquired about, a $50 applies. All new client requests for Luxury Circle bookings must be for a stay of at least 2 consecutive nights at the same hotel.
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